Phnom Penh Crown narrowly defeated bottom club Western FC in a 1-0 victory at Western Stadium on Sunday evening but matchweek eight will be remembered by ugly scenes at the Svay Rieng Stadium.
Crown’s win at Western Stadium, coming courtesy of a 34th minute own goal, pushes the six-time league champs up to fourth place in the standings. Crown coach Sean Sainsbury, said while the three points were important he sought to get more goals against the C-League’s weakest club side.
“I thought we played some good football but we didn’t score enough goals, conceded the Englishman. “Actually as the game went on we started to get nervous and make mistakes but three points is three points and a win is a win so we’re happy.”
Western registered their eight loss in eight games and remain firmly rooted to the bottom.
Meanwhile in Svay Rieng, tempers boiled over as Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng and Ministry of National Defense players clashed in the second half of their match at the Svay Rieng Stadium.
Ugly scenes saw a melee of players involved in trouble on the pitch and the sidelines. PKR’s Nub Tola cynically brought down Army’s South Korean midfielder Song Chi-hoon with a dangerous tackle late in the second half. The grounded Korean lashed out striking Tola in the chest with his knee before Army’s Japanese midfielder Yudai Ogawa struck out at in defense of his teammate.
Ogawa then struck out at opposition coaching staff which sparked a melee of players, coaches, and spectators to chased down the Japanese playmaker. After the crowd trouble had dispersed and the match resumed, the referee duly dished out four red cards – Nub Tola and Soeuy Visal of Svay Rieng and Ogawa and Chi-hoon of Army.
A memo from the Sok Young Clinic circulated by Army head coach Sopheaktra Phea yesterday, signed by Otorhinolaryngologist Dr. Sok Koung and Otolaryngologist Dr. Seng Long, stated that Ogawa suffered a Left Eardrum Perforation for his troubles and recommended the former FC Gifu midfielder avoid exercise for 15 days.
The Cambodia National Competitions Committee (CNCC) and the Football Federation of Cambodia are yet to mete out punishment to the club or the players involved.
The match finished 2-1 to the hosts. Ministry sit on sixth in the league table, while Svay Rieng sit behind in seventh.